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Ina Fried Feb 17, 2017
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Congressman calls for investigation as Trump refuses to give up his Android phone

Despite universal warnings from security experts in and out of government, Donald Trump is apparently continuing to use an insecure, off-the-shelf Android phone. Now Ted Lieu is calling on his fellow Congressman to investigate.

In a letter on Friday, the Los Angeles-area Democrat said that if the President wants to do something about cybersecurity, he should start with his own phone, reportedly an Samsung ancient Galaxy S3. Lieu raises other security concerns in the letter, too, calling for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to look into the issue.

QuoteThis behavior is more than bad operational security—it is an egregious affront to national security.

Why this might not be a big deal: Though there are many, many security issues related to the president using a standard phone, it's unlikely Republicans will take up this issue.